"...Liz Henry, a wheelchair and crutches user and Web Producer for BlogHer Inc., led Monday's panel Hack Ability: Open Source Disability Tech. Liz needed a projector for her laptop so the audience could see her presentation slides..."
"...Calling all queer coders, designers, developers, programmers, students, and all-around geeks! If you know your app from your OS, or just love discovering new workarounds, you might be interested in "HackOut: The Future in Austin."..."
"...It appears I have again been invited to stop submitting any letters, although it is assured that Louis Black will continue his misinformation/whitewash about “conspiracy hobbyists” periodically. Although I do not agree with everything Alex Jones broadcasts, I will close my last letter with the opinion that he is much more relevant than Black (which the latter silently, begrudgingly realizes), he has started a nightly news program on PrisonPlanet.com, and he is a true information warrior, unlike the dishonest establishment hack that is Louis Black...."
"...With the recent widespread hacking of WordPress accounts, persistent cybersecurity legislation in Washington, and Aaron Swartz's tragic suicide in January, hacking is very much on the lips and fingertips of Austinites...."
"...And then there’s Chris, a museum associate on the outside but in therapy, a psychologically wounded man with more bottled-up despair and anger issues than he can handle. Throughout The Work both groups metaphorically hack and slash at their traumas, hoping to better themselves by doing so...."
"...Perry has now built a media empire from spinning his own wheels. It might be nice if he were to use that security as a basis for developing as an artist instead of settling into a career as a hack...."
"...Jesse still hopes they might reconcile, though Celeste, a sharp-suited professional trend-watcher and published author, has been candid about her weariness, waiting for artist Jesse to get his shit together. (Step one: Less surfing, more art-making.) Then someone does something that can’t be taken back – a cleaver hack to the comfortable bubble they’ve built around their unit of two – and “forever” hits the skids..."
"...Mandylor returns as Detective Hoffman, the maniac cop who is carrying on the horrific work of Jigsaw (Bell), who died several storylines back. This time he's out to get Bobby (Flanery), a hack author-cum-huckster who's made the fatal mistake of announcing that he's a survivor of one of Jigsaw's past punitive ordeals..."
"...It's all of a piece, and though a few of those pieces don't work as well as others, as a whole, it's tough, funny stuff. Spacey, an actor whose mastery of the unspoken internal dialogue and weasely demeanor is second to none, plays Lester Burnham, a hack magazine writer who, approaching middle age, suddenly realizes that somewhere along the line he stumbled and fell, without knowing, onto the slippery slope of complacent mediocrity..."
"...Directed by: Richard Rich. Much as I hate to disparage any effort to promote Rodgers & Hammerstein literacy among our Puff Daddy-enamored youth, this shabby, nondescript hack job leaves me no real choice..."
"...The setting is 1593, back before Shakespeare went down in history as the esteemed Bard of Avon. As we are introduced to him here, Shakespeare is just another scribbling London hack, who is suffering a bad case of writer's block on his new play, Romeo and Ethel, the Pirate's Daughter..."
"...No longer can we say, for example, “I can't stand to be in the same room with that guy; he's just so Joe Eszterhas” and be absolutely sure we've used an exact synonym for “loathsome, maggot-brained perv.” A display of disciplined, humane talent from Mr. Jade himself? The pud-stroking hack responsible for Showgirls, Sliver, and Basic Instinct? Believe it..."
"...Given Disney's deranged conviction that it's feasible to make a film about a ballplaying dog which also functions as a tender, earnest story of adolescent self-discovery, the results are more enjoyable than one might expect. Director Charles Martin Smith, remembered most vividly for his role as Farley Mowat in 1983's Never Cry Wolf, is no hack..."
"...Ironically, in the end, Jing's attempts at parody are unconvincing, only revealing himself to be a huckster working within the Free City. His one-dimensional observations and blatant attempts to crucify Jackie Chan are truly pathetic, envious cries from a jealous filmmaker who, despite his occasional commercial and artistic successes, is generally regarded as little more than an opportunistic hack..."
"...David's unpublished playwright pal Sheldon Flender (Reiner) declares that an artist must create his own moral universe, a credo that resounds throughout BOB. If Flender is right, does it also follow that the true artist should have greater freedom than a hack to morally transgress? And what about the utterly talentless? This type of reading has been providing more-than-ample fodder for those who wish to view the movie as Allen's response to the recent scandals that have dominated his public life..."
"...It's bizarre to see Craven, agent Marianne Maddalena, New Line president Robert Shaye, and others playing themselves up there on the screen -- it gives you the feeling that this is the horror genre's version of The Player. Despite this new spin on an old grave, however, Craven allows the last 30 minutes of New Nightmare to spiral down into the hack and slash cookie-cutter plotting of all the last five films..."
"...Polanski's latest is a dark, vicious little film; simultaneously hilarious and upsetting, its claustrophobic sense is only heightened by the director's use of tiny shipboard cabins and dark, shadowed lighting. The characterizations here are all top-notch, from Grant's seriocomic turn as the archetypal repressed Brit to Seigner's (Polanski's real-life wife) pouting sex bomb to Coyote's leering, shattered hack..."
"...Now, he's a fortyish, L.A. hack who directs instructional cooking videos for a living..."
"...Take Another Whack at It..."
"...Here are three stories to answer that question. One is intuitive, another is counterintuitive, and the third is about Radiohead -- because the kids love Radiohead.Dynamite Hack The Recording Industry Association of America cites a polling of 2,555 college students by the Field Research Corporation as demonstrating "a direct correlation between Napster use and decreased CD sales." Language of the study itself, however, only "suggested" Napster displaces CD sales..."
"...Jean Caffeine's new Idée Fixe disc features her version of the song, as well as a new number co-written with Graham titled "Firewall" that features Miles Zuniga of Fireball, er, Fastwall, I mean Fastball on percussion... "According to Pat and Mikey from Weezer, Dynamite Hack is doing well considering the fact that the Hack is getting applause and cheers when every other band that plays before them gets booed and gets the 'Weezer chant' going between songs -- including the Mighty Mighty Bosstones." Mind you, that info comes through the Hacks' manager, but the two bands definitely have a mutual admiration society going..."
"...Last year's consensus Most Likely to Succeed act, Fastball, came off the platinum All the Pain Money Can Buy by selling just 70,000 copies of the aptly titled The Harsh Light of Day. And while the Chronicle's annual "Class of ..." features always stress expecting the unexpected, not even Dynamite Hack might have guessed that 2000's bestselling local act would be, uh, Dynamite Hack..."
"...'I Don't Hear a Single' Austin groups continued chasing major-label windmills -- when they weren't taking shots at each other. Fastball's The Harsh Light of Day, Dynamite Hack's Superfast, Goudie's Peep Show, and Vallejo's Into the New all bowed on some corporation's dime to the sound of one hand clapping, both locally and beyond..."
"...Thirty years of pampering (Hack-cough, hack-cough)..."
"...When everything from your refrigerator to your DNA can be hacked, how do you protect yourself?..."
"...Dynamite HackSuperfast (Woppitzer/Universal) On the back CD tray of Dynamite Hack's full-length debut, the Bates Motel neon sign stands out in the collage of behind-the-scenes polaroids. Fitting, given this local quartet's Green Day ethos -- snotty, fast, and attitudinal..."
"...Who's Driving This Hack?..."
"...As you walk into the museum on the north side of the courthouse square in Granbury, the first automobile you see is a 1924 Ford Depot Hack. The two-story bus was built by Ford specifically to deliver passengers and packages to and from the train stations..."
"...The Alamo Drafthouse’s Rolling Roadshow disagrees. This weekend (May 11-13) they’re hosting their Sleepaway Camp Weekend at Camp Champions – yes, it’s a real, honest-to-goodness camp – in Marble Falls with all the adult, but kid-friendly, amenities you’d expect from the Alamo that brought you the“Camp Hack ’n’ Slash: Freddy Vs..."
"...Another enigma is how Oscar-nominated arthouse darling Naomi Watts ended up in such a drearily soporific hack job in the first place. My guess is that although she’s one of the greatest actors of our time, she’s also over 40, and because: Hollywood..."
"...Allegiant means to answer questions raised in the first two films of the Divergent series, set in a futuristic, ruined Chicago that, we discovered at the end of the preceding Insurgent, was a genetic experiment being observed, Truman Show-like, by some maybe-not-so-benevolent overlords. But this ponderous sequel just dangles more question marks – not essential, but irresistible in the absence of a riveting entertainment – such as: How did “chosen one” Tris (Woodley) recover from the second film’s hack job on her hair so fast? (It’s grown out into a very chic bob.) When did this humble warrior find the time, in between small-arms training and overthrowing a government, to learn how to walk in heels? How come every adult here is so creepy? Wouldn’t this all be so much better as a B movie with a sense of humor about so much silliness?..."
"...The paper-thin plot rests on Bond’s eventual meeting with Blofeld – er, Franz Oberhauser (Waltz, doing that menacing jocularity thing he does so well), who, as the head of the titular Spectre, seems to have been behind all of Bond’s woes (I will not expound on the cringe-inducing monologue that posits the two as enemies since childhood, as I am still trying to forget it). There’s a subplot concerning MI-6 being consumed by MI-5, and the dissolution of the 00 program by upstart Max (Scott, who you may recall as Moriarty in BBC’s Sherlock), and a controversial initiative for a global intelligence-sharing system that is ripe for some sort of commentary on the Sony hack that leaked this very script, but either decides not to go there or is too inept to recognize it...."
"...Director Danny Boyle (Slumdog Millionaire) wasn’t the first choice for the material (consult the Sony Hack transcript … or don’t). Turns out he was a smart one, anyway..."
"...Expanded surveillance remains a possibility, and a hack in July of the Italian surveillance software company Hacking Team gave hints of what could be on the horizon. The hack shed light on some of the darker sides of digital spying, including conversations between Hacking Team and Snap Trends that revolved around a potential partnership..."
"...No such luck. In short order, Nick is contacted online by the mysterious Chord (Maskell), who seems to know all about Nick, Jill, and how to hack into just about anyone’s anything especially when it come to Ms..."
"...Little is known about Smesport, possibly because the game was named not too long ago. All you really need to know is the man behind the game is Michael Brough, creator of what should be your mobile game obsession, 868-HACK..."
"...Dale Dougherty: An essential idea for me was that we would hack the physical world the same way we would hack a software environment. Software gives us a way to change things easily, to create variations..."
"...Brian Knappenberger's We Are Legion: The Rise of the Hacktivists is a definitive, finely calibrated documentary on what until a few years ago was more or less a semisecret noncollective born of Chris "moot" Pool's 4Chan site. (From Rickrolling, LOLcats, and creepiphilic Pedobears to shutting down the likes of PayPal, Mastercard, and Visa, moot's virtual Internet legacy may be one of the weirdest ever.) The self-dubbed Anonymous has since moved from utter mainstream obscurity to become the virtual face of rage in this era of ever-present inequality, appropriating the Fawkes visage along the way..."
"...On Jan. 11, George Friedman, founder and CEO of Stratfor, the Austin-based "geopolitical analysis" company, posted a report about the December "Anonymous" hack of the Stratfor website, its credit card records, and its email archives..."
"...But enough with succinct. The only point in Hack/Slash is the one at the end of the psychopath's blade..."
"...Badgley, as son Michael, the lone family member with suspicions regarding his stepfather's motives, is a gender swap from the original, but even that generates no quantifiable frissons in the viewer or the character. It's a weak remake indeed that makes you long for the bland obedience of Shelley Hack – who played Ward's role in Ruben's film – but this Stepfather manages it plenty well...."
"...Tao Lin is viewed as both the pied piper, leading the way to literature's afterlife following the death of print media, and as a hack. His websites sell everything from "fuck america" stickers to shares of his next novel, subverting the major publishing house system..."
"...Maloney, Lara Robinson, Nadia Townsend, Alan Hopgood and Adrienne Pickering. The precipitous decline of Nicolas Cage from moody arthouse upstart to muscle-bound action hero to popcorn-selling, check-cashing hack has been well-documented, so I won’t go into it here..."
"...Let's cut to the chase here and now, since this tepid, borderline-offensive cyber-serial-killer thriller takes what feels like ages to rehash both better and worse examples of the current, vapid clamor for so-called "torture porn." Untraceable strives to gussy up its narrative cheat sheet (stolen from the still-warm bodies of Saw, Se7en, and Feardotcom, among others) with an outraged tone, but the blatant, transparent hypocrisy inherent in the story is what's really annoying. The always-reliable Lane is cast as FBI Cyber Crimes Agent Jennifer Marsh, a doting mom and widow working out of Portland, Ore., who with trusty hack-happy partner Griffin Dowd (Hanks) nightly trolls the dingy back alleys of the Internet for the usual collection of predators, frauds, and scam artists..."
"...“We are the opposite of people.” That line kept ringing in my head as I was watching For Your Consideration, the new comedy from Guest and his loyal troupe of improv actors about a Hollywood movie production that’s turned upside down when rumors surface on the Internet that one of its cast members is maybe, possibly being considered for an Academy Award nomination. For an actor, nothing justifies the long slog of auditions, commercials, dinner-theatre musicals, bad reviews, and countless rejections more than an Oscar, and at the first mention of her name as a possible nominee, aging actress Marilyn Hack (O’Hara) dives into a long-awaited ocean of theatrical self-satisfaction and painted modesty, much to the disdain of her jealous co-stars but much to the delight of the army of publicists, agents, and studio heads who feed off the production like barnacles..."
"...That opening shot of John Dykstra’s immensely conceptualized Imperial Star Destroyer, seen rolling into frame from below like some gargantuan, unfathomable sea creature gives me goose pimples to this day. It’s no secret that (genius pacing aside) Star Wars is essentially a hack Republic serial knockoff, but true to the mettle of what it means to be a certifiable classic, the original film holds up amazingly well to this day, as does Irvin Kershner’s superior 1980 sequel, The Empire Strikes Back..."
"...Miike’s back catalog is a hit-or-miss affair, with moments of sheer blood-spattered brilliance (Audition, Visitor Q, Ichi the Killer) running neck and garroted neck alongside curious misfires (Zebraman, Full Metal Yakuza) . His penchant for buckets of gore, sex, and queasy, disturbing storylines has made him an underground sensation here in the U.S., while in Japan his standing veers between genius auteur and direct-to-video hack..."